compiling a program that has no configure script

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    compiling a program that has no configure script

    i'm trying to compile a program that has no configure script, only a makefile. i've tried several things:

    Code:
    $ cd R-1.9.0/tests/Embedding/
    $ ./configure
    -/bin/bash: ./configure: No such file or directory
    $ make
    make: *** No targets specified and no makefile found.  Stop.
    $ aclocal
    aclocal-1.9: `configure.ac' or `configure.in' is required
    $ automake
    automake-1.9: `configure.ac' or `configure.in' is required
    $ autoconf
    autoconf-2.59: no input file
    the contents of Makefile.in can be found here: http://rafb.net/paste/results/VpZyPG23.html

    what do i have to do to build it? thanks.

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    Have you tried make -f <name of makefile>? In your case make -f Makefile.in.

    make executes commands in the makefile to update one or more target
    names, where name is typically a program. If no -f option is present,
    make will look for the makefiles GNUmakefile, makefile, and Makefile,
    in that order.

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    here's what happens:
    Code:
    $ make -f Makefile.in
    Makefile.in:11: ../../Makeconf: No such file or directory
    make: *** No rule to make target `../../Makeconf'.  Stop.
    so i copied ../../Makeconf.in to ../../Makeconf and tried again:
    Code:
    $ make -f Makefile.in
    ../../Makeconf:4: @top_srcdir@/share/make/vars.mk: No such file or directory
    ../../Makeconf:98: *** missing separator.  Stop.
    i wonder if they intended for users to build the application with a different set of make tools (non-gnu). any other suggestions? should i consult the developers?

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    How about just
    make

    Maybe the makefile (not the makefile.in) is simple enough not to need a configuration.
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    Or rather, the program is simple enough not to need platform adaption. Or the programmer never intended to target any platform but Linux.


    OR


    If a Makefile.in exists, then the programmer probably didn't run autoconf himself. Type:
    autoconf
    and it should generate the configure script. Then do
    ./configure
    to configure and
    make
    to build.
    All the buzzt!
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    Code:
    $ autoconf
    autoconf-2.59: no input file
    the autoconf man page says it expects a configure.ac or configure.in file, neither of which exist.
    Code:
    $ make
    make: *** No targets specified and no makefile found.  Stop.

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    How about

    make all

    Or even just posting more information so we don't keep guessing.......
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    Code:
    $ make all
    make: *** No rule to make target `all'.  Stop.
    Quote Originally Posted by Salem
    Or even just posting more information so we don't keep guessing.......
    your first question (and CornedBee's question) were both answered in my initial post. i was being polite by not bringing this to your attention in my last post.

    here is what i'm trying to build (it depends on R libraries):
    http://129.109.84.26/r.tar.gz

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    OK, some research showed me your problem. You're trying to compile part of a larger source tree. The configure script is two directories above the thing you're trying to compile. As shown here:
    https://svn.r-project.org/R/trunk/
    You're trying to compile only the tests/Embedding subdirectory. You need the whole source.
    All the buzzt!
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    ah, i see. that's supposed to be an example of how to embed R into your C program, so i figured it was self-contained.

    thanks for the help!

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